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  • n. The state or character of being strenuous; eagerness; earnestness; active zeal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or character of being strenuous; eagerness; earnestness; active zeal.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. extreme effortfulness


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strenuous +‎ -ness


  • We have the same and a great deal more than the same absence of wealth and luxury and case, which, while they breed the highest civilizations and the highest art, no doubt, and the most minute science, nevertheless deprive those who live under such conditions of a certain strenuousness and nervous energy.

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  • More than one of the influences thus hastily surveyed combine in creating the moral, social, and intellectual strenuousness which is one of the main marks of the literature of the period.

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  • That they attributed to his "strenuousness" in his work, and thought it to be deplored.

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  • For example, Robbins, a proponent of strenuousness in all things, is fond of advising readers to take "Massive Action" in pursuit of their goals; it follows, therefore, that the preferable approach is almost certainly to take numerous tiny actions – the kind that will sneak unnoticed past the part of your mind that's itching to procrastinate or rebel.

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  • When a man has so much time on his hands and easy access to good books, it is only natural his thoughts should be more profound than when he is so occupied as in normal times, with the strenuousness of living.

    Thomas Hawksworth

  • By this time in American history, indeed, the leadership consensus had shifted from strenuousness to cheerfulness.

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  • I didnt count on the strenuousness of Admiral Janeways objections.

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  • An overpowering smell of sweat, a sort of unconscious testimony to the strenuousness of his life, followed him about wherever he went, and even remained behind him after he had gone.

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  • Who knew, perhaps the Party was rotten under the surface, its cult of strenuousness and self-denial simply a sham concealing iniquity.

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  • The sheer size and strenuousness of the effort tends to squelch even the best jokes: this deafening movie defines the term overproduced.

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